William Bridges

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Bridges was born in Woore, Shropshire, England.  As a young man, he apprenticed to the coach making firm of Baxter & Pierce of Long Acre, London.  Napoleon’s travelling carriage was brought there, after the Battle of Waterloo, where the young William made a drawing of it.  In 1819, he married Elizabeth the family moved to Valparaiso, Chile to seek their fortune.

He found employment as a manager of Lord Cochrane’s estate.  In 1823, Elizabeth died giving birth to their second child, the child died also.  With their first son in tow he moved back to England working for Hobson & Co. as a coach maker.  It was then when he found his true calling.

What you may not know about William Bridges Adams is that he patented an improved carriage spring.  With that invention, he was financially secure so he founded a new company.  He then set his sights to bigger things. 

He invented the first railway fishplate (a metal bar that is bolted to the ends of two rails to join them together in a track). While improvements have been made the concept is still his. 

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Og how sad that his personal life was so difficult.

Dec 13, 2018 04:23 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And there went the bumpy ride in a carriage!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 13, 2018 04:41 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Such a amazing story, too bad he did not have a happier life.

Dec 13, 2018 05:08 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Another, who knew day for me! Nothing new! Enjoy your day!

Dec 13, 2018 05:12 AM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  This man did well under some difficult personal history.

Dec 13, 2018 05:30 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I am always impressed with those whose inventions last for generations.

Dec 13, 2018 06:19 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Some creative souls have such a tough life, James Dray, don't they? 

Dec 13, 2018 06:21 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I think they need a few more fish plates on some of the tracks of the commuter rails around here.

Dec 13, 2018 06:43 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I don't know what I missed that so many have commented about his difficult life (we all lose loved ones in our life)  but I'm always amazed at how such simple inventions can make someone famous James Dray .

Dec 13, 2018 06:57 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love the various ideas you come up with to share with us... I am familiar with railroad tracks and it emphasizes how much we take for granted.  A

Dec 13, 2018 08:11 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another great inventor that I knew nothing about until today, very sad that his wife and son died, while she was giving birth to him.

Dec 13, 2018 09:53 AM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Alway great to see someone from history whose inventions still are with us.

Dec 13, 2018 01:52 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- these inventors are so inspiring!!!  How do they do that/??

Dec 13, 2018 02:25 PM #13
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